Cisco Systems and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced plans to work together. As part of a new partnership between the two companies, Hitachi Freedom Storage will become qualified for interoperability with Cisco's MDS 9500 family of products. Cisco has recently invested significant resources in the storage industry. Cisco's MDS 9500 family includes the Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer Director and the Cisco MDS 9216 Multilayer Fabric Switch, which provide multiprotocol and multitransport integration, Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs), security, advanced traffic management, sophisticated diagnostics, and unified SAN management.
HDS also plans to resell and support the Cisco MDS 9000 Family of Multilayer Directors and Fabric Switches for SAN networks. The companies will finalize the terms of the agreement shortly, and at that time HDS will make the Cisco MDS 9000 available to its customers with full service and support.http://www.hds.com